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Panel Discussion & Reception: Celebrating 20 Years of Creative Youth Development

April 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

In honor of our 20th anniversary, The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Brown Arts Initiative, and the Brown Alumni Association are sponsoring a panel discussion and lunchtime reception featuring former New Urban Arts staff members, volunteers, and students.

Three of New Urban Arts’ founders are Brown Alumni, and it received extensive support from the Swearer Center during its early years, including a Royce Fellowship for founding Executive Director Tyler Denmead ‘98. The panel will be discussing creative youth development, a recently coined term for work that New Urban Arts has been doing since its founding. This term seeks to organize a longstanding community of practice that intentionally integrates the arts and humanities with youth development principles, sparking young people’s creativity, building their critical learning and life skills, and offering them safer spaces during adolescence.

After the panel, Brown will provide a bag lunch to take to New Urban Arts for a reception, during which students in New Urban Arts’ youth program will host an interactive screenprinting demonstration.

11am-1pm  Panel Discussion in Martinos Auditorium, The Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street, Providence [map link]

1:30-3pm  Lunch Reception and Youth-Led Workshop at New Urban Arts, 705 Westminster Street, Providence



Marcus Civin ‘99

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Maryland Institute College of Art

In addition to his role as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and MICA, Marcus Civin is an interdisciplinary artist and critic with a focus on community engagement, performance, sculpture, and drawing. While at Brown, he was a founder of New Urban Arts and served as the organization’s first program director. In addition to exhibiting solo and collaborative work, he has published widely and has developed and organized exhibitions, festivals, and panel discussions. At MICA, he has taught in Curatorial Practice, Art History, and Foundation.Marcus holds an AB in Theater from Brown and an MFA in Art from University of California, Irvine.

Jason Yoon '01

Jason Yoon, Executive Director, Atlas:DIY

Jason is the executive director of Atlas: DIY, a non-profit in Brooklyn that works with immigrant youth to unlock access to legal services, learning opportunities, and leadership development in a space owned, run, and governed by the youth themselves. Jason was an early artist-mentor at New Urban Arts when he was a student at RISD and also served as New Urban Arts’ Executive Director for five years, leaving in 2013 to become the Director of Education at the Queens Museum. Jason holds a BFA in painting from RISD and a MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Zachary Clark ’07

Executive Director, 826DC

Zachary is the executive director of 826DC, the Washington, DC chapter of 826 National, the award-winning youth writing program founded by Nínive Clements Calegari and Dave Eggers of McSweeney’s. As an undergraduate at Brown, Zach volunteered as an artist-mentor at New Urban Arts. Since then, he has served as the Director of Early Learning at Sitar Arts Center and led youth-oriented programming in collaboration with DC-based organizations including the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. His research work through Harvard Project Zero focuses on the intersection of youth’s creative productions and digital media, and has been published in Creativity Research Journal. He holds an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an AB in American Literature and Visual Arts from Brown, and certification in non-profit management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Thuy-Mai Nguyen ’12

FCYO Organizing Fellow, FEEST Seattle

Thuy-Mai holds a Healthy Communities fellowship from the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO). As a FCYO Fellow she works with FEEST Seattle, a youth-run dinner program that engages young people at two high schools on issues of civic and social justice, food security, cultural expression, and community development. After serving for two years as a volunteer artist-mentor at New Urban Arts, she helped pilot the organization’s A Life After School (ALAS) post-secondary advising program as the first ALAS mentor. She also served for two years in the Americorps College Advising Corps. At Brown, she received an AB in Ethnic Studies.

Adrienne Adeyemi

Director of Grants to Organizations, Grants Manager, RISCA

Adrienne is the Director of Grants to Organization at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. During high school, Adrienne was a frequent participant in New Urban Arts’ programs, making her both an alumni and a funder of the organization. She is also a photographer whose has exhibited in Worcester, MA, Providence, New York City. Before joining the staff of RISCA, Adrienne worked at RISD, the Manton Avenue Project, and Moses Brown School. She holds BA in Film Studies and Photography and an MPA, both from Clark University in Worcester.



Susan Smulyan, Professor, American Studies; Director, Center for Public Humanities, Brown University

Susan has been a faculty member at Brown since 1988 teaching cultural history in the Department of American Studies. At New Urban Arts, she served as Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee (which raised funds to buy/renovate 705 Westminster Street); Vice-Chair; and Chair of the Board of Directors. Her greatest honor is the Sandra Olson Award given to her by New Urban Arts in 2011.

Daniel Schleifer, ‘03, Executive Director, New Urban Arts

Daniel joined the New Urban Arts community in the fall of 2007 to pilot the Studio Study Buddy program, which combines academic tutoring with the structure and values of New Urban Arts’ Youth Mentorship in the Arts Program. He is also a founding member of the What Cheer? Brigade, an 18-member brass band. In 2011, he received the prestigious MacColl Johnson fellowship in music composition from the Rhode Island Foundation.


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April 22, 2017
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